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What makes Britain proud?

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What makes Britain proud?

From becoming parents and grandparents to taking on a new challenge, there are so many things that make us feel proud every day. But what about what makes us feel proud as a nation?

Sport Relief have carried out a survey to find out what and who has us Brits beaming with pride from ear to ear.

And the results show sporting stars play a big role with current world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill topping the list of our sporting heroes. Jessica got received 27 per cent of the votes, followed by Andy Murray (26 per cent) in the second place and Sir Steve Redgrave, winner of gold medals at five consecutive Olympics, in bronze medal posiiton with 22 per cent of votes.

The vote, however, was not limited to those with two legs, with three-time Grand National winner Red Rum also making the top ten list of sporting heroes.

All this suggests seems us Brits still can't quite shake off the feel-good factor that spread through the nation four years ago, with the London 2012 Olympics named as the nation’s proudest sporting moment. Our only footballing World Cup triumph, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, took second spot, while Andy Murray makes a second appearance in the list with his 2013 Wimbledon victory.

But it's not just sport that makes us feel great. One in three Brits (37 per cent) claim that the Queen is the icon of which they are most proud, closely followed by Winston Churchill (31 per cent) and Sir David Attenborough (30 per cent). However, it’s TV presenter Holly Willoughby, fresh from This Morning’s National Television Awards win, who is named the celeb most people would choose as a partner in a three legged race (10 per cent).
There's also a clear north/south divide too when it comes to how each region feels pride, with those in the North East claiming they felt most proud of their local area. Almost six out of ten residents said this was because of the people that lived there, while a third said it was down to their distinctive accent.

Sport Relief came up with this research in a bid to inspire people to sign up to walk, run, swim or cycle themselves proud at the events around the country for the Sport Relief weekend that runs March 18-20.

  • To take on a Sport Relief challenge, head to to sign up to your nearest event.